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Life is a Playground

130th Anniversary Year in Review, 2019-20

With the message that playtime at every age helps the young develop and the “developed” stay youthful, Attic Angel Association threw a citywide, intergenerational birthday party on our senior living campus in 2019. Their special focus was to raise money for a sensory playground that will meet the mental health needs of children affected by trauma, such as homelessness and other challenges. The Angels also hosted an outing with the Mallards baseball team, and the year wrapped up with a media event to unveil the year’s success: nearly $75,000 in additional funds for this birthday gift to our community!

As a fitting tribute to our Life is a Playground! celebration, this year's report takes the playful format of the age-old children's origami fortuneteller game.

Enjoy Madison history in our beautiful commemorative book!

Thumbnail of book cover timeline pages (22-23) that can be clicked to view larger

Hard copies are available for a $10 suggested donation. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

2019-20 Annual Report - Financials

Operating Revenue

Resident services revenue $16,804,934
Investment income $670,029
Contributions and Fundraising $635,251
Other $448,718
Total Revenue $18,558,932*

* Due to the financial fallout of COVID, the organizations realized $1,359,415 less investment income than the prior year.

Operating Expenses

Direct Care expense $9,491,405
Management and general $5,641,734
Depreciation and amortization $3,251,533
Interest expense $621,325
Community grants awarded $324,168
Special Events $223,266
Total Expense $19,553,431*

IRS Form 990

Attic Angel at a Glance • Fiscal year April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020

Attic Angel Community is made up of:

  • Attic Angel Association, Madison’s historic philanthropic women’s service organization, and its affiliates (shown below):
  • Attic Angel Place senior living with health care options
  • Attic Angel Prairie Point neighborhood of homes for seniors living independently
  • Attic Angel Management Services, a service for hire that applies Attic Angel’s successful practices to similar facilities


  • 367 residents
  • 283 staff (172.4 FTE)
  • 521 Angels/ Association members who provided 31,793 volunteer hours (16,108 of them directly with residents)


  • $1.7 million in value (9% of revenue) provided to serve others
  • $774,787 community outreach
  • $178,624 resident aid for seniors who outlive their resources
  • $106,331 municipal payment in lieu of taxes

Web-Exclusive Stories: Click on each of the six photos to read

  • "Attic Angel does a lot of good in the community, and we trust the Angels to use our gift wisely."


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  • "I taught for many years, meeting many children with special needs. It was a neat idea to build a playground, and I was happy to be able to give and be part of it."


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Middleton Chamber

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The Playing Field

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Children affected by trauma such as homelessness and those with special needs such as autism spectrum disorders have different sensory needs for emotional support that helps them learn to manage behaviors. Our dream is to create a play space that allows children to be successful while ... being kids! Some of our plans:

  • A large open space for running (crowded spaces are often a behavior trigger for children)
  • High fencing and an appropriate climbing structure (children impacted by trauma or those on the autism spectrum often take bigger risks and climb higher)
  • Sensory panels that welcome independent play when children are agitated
  • A maze for children to walk through (this helps the brain to organize)
  • Small structures where children can feel safe
  • Specially designed pieces to work large muscle groups

By helping children at this critical point in their development, your gift will be helping the future of our community!

 Visit The Playing Field Website